Meet the Worlds First Self-Driving Truck
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on May 14, 2015 in Trucking Accidents
Commercial trucks may one day routinely travel on autopilot, with drivers taking over only in situations like bad weather and on city streets. The worlds first road-ready, self-driving truck, the Freightliner Inspiration, was unveiled just outside of Las Vegas.
Two autonomous trucks are licensed to operate on public roads in Nevada. These test vehicles operate with a live driver behind the wheel, in case the self-driving technology encounters a situation it cant yet handle.
The trucks are outfitted with advanced adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot detection currently used on passenger cars. They operate on a self-piloting technology that doesn't allow the truck pull to the left to pass slower vehicles. The driver must regain control over the vehicle to exit the highway.
Weighing up to 80,000 pounds and measuring as long as 70 feet, large trucks (also known as semi-trucks, tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers) pose a greater potential danger than any other vehicle on California's roads.
Due to the large amount of time that commercial vehicles spend on our roads, there is a greater chance that they will be involved in a traffic incident.
In the event of a truck accident, it is important to establish who is liable to pay for damages that the truck may have caused. This can be a difficult process, as there are a number of different entities which may be responsible.
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